Where should I stay in Rwanda to see gorillas?
Tourists planning their gorilla trekking safari packages always ask themselves where they will stay in course of seeing gorillas in Rwanda. Gorillas in Rwanda can be seen only in volcanoes national park which is situated in the northwestern part of Rwanda in Musanze village and it takes only two hours to travel from Kigali international airport to the park.
Volcano national park in Rwanda forms the Virunga Massif conservation areas that encompass Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and Virunga national park in the democratic republic of Congo. Due to gorilla trekking activity taking place in Volcanoes national parks, the park has become a major hub for tourists coming to see gorillas in Rwanda and it is the African oldest park since it was gazetted early in 1925. –
Seeing gorillas in Volcanoes national park involves tourists moving on foot through a dense forest in search of a gorilla family that has been allocated to them. Only a group of 8 tourists is allowed to visit a gorilla family in volcanoes national park in Rwanda per day. Tourists are allocated 1 hour to spend with a gorilla family once they have spotted it and here tourists you see, learn, take photos and ask everything they need from the guides concerning the lifestyles of mountain gorillas.
Where you should stay in Rwanda to see gorilla is an important question for any visitors planning a gorilla trekking safari. Rwanda has got one of the spectacular and stunning accommodation facilities where you can stay comfortable as you enjoying your gorilla trekking safaris. There are different lodges and hotels near volcanoes national parks range from budget to luxury lodges and thus cater to all categories of tourists whether on budget or luxury.
The best lodge and hotel accommodation facilities include Virunga Lodge overlooking Musanze valley and volcanoes national park and it offers the best luxury facility near the park. Another luxury lodge where you can stay to see gorillas in Rwanda is Bisate Lodge with forest villas comprising of local materials as an ecotourism strategy. It is near the park and visitors will have great views of volcanoes. Importantly, there is Sabyiinyo Silverback lodge which is strategically located close to the park gate in Musanze. It is comfortable and convenient for gorilla trekking.
Other lodges where you can stay include, the Kiningi guest house for budget travelers, mountain gorilla view lodge near the park in Kiningi, Labombo gorilla lodge, hotel la Palme, gorillas next lodge, Bukima tented camp, Mikeno lodge, lulimbi tented camp among others. You can as well sleep in Kigali city since Volcanoes national park where gorillas are seen is only a 2hours drive from Kigali city.
To see gorillas you will need to book a gorilla trekking permit with Rwanda Development Board or via a local tour operator or travel agency. The cost of a gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda is 1500USD and it is better to book as early as possible because of the high demand for the permits.